Out & About

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Out and About is the name we give to TPS outings organised on an informal basis where members visit places of interest, practise their photography and spend time together (with essential refreshment stops included!)

We offer a range of outings – weekdays and weekends, daytimes and evenings, local and further afield, town and country. Wherever possible, there is no restriction on numbers; friends and family members are usually very welcome. Just ask!

There is no set schedule for the year and we keep members informed of forthcoming events as they are confirmed. Members are also welcome to offer suggestions for outings (or even to organise them).  If you would like to join in or have ideas for places to visit, please email our ‘Out & About’ co-ordinator, Dominic Murtagh at outings@tpsinfo.org.uk.

Finally, we have a TPS Out and About Flickr page where members share and comment on photos taken on our outings. Please let Dominic know via email to outings@tpsinfo.org.uk if you would like to join the Flickr group.

Upcoming Out & Abouts

Pre-pub Photo Walkabout at Mercers Country Park

  • Date – Thursday 27 June
  • Time – meet at 6.45 pm 
  • Meeting place – car park of Mercers Country Park (Nutfield Marsh Rd, Redhill RH1 4EU). The car park is open until 8.15 pm on this date.
  • Walk and photo opportunities – nearby nature reserve or circular walk around Mercers Lake; there should be some aqua activities taking place on the lake at this time. 
  • Pub meet – After the photoshoot at about 8pm, we will move on to ‘The Inn on the Pond’, Merstham (Nutfield Marsh Road, Redhill RH1 4EU).This pub is back towards the A25 and food is available. Some may wish to head home after 8pm.

Please let Dominic know by e-mail (outings@tpsinfo.org.uk) or in person if you are interested in joining us on this trip.

T20 Cricket at Lords

Dominic will have a small number of complimentary tickets for the T20 Middlesex v Kent match at Lord’s on Thursday 1 August (6.15 start; 9.30 finish).

Please let me know if you’d like to join us. First come, first served! Email your interest to Dominic at outings@tpsinfo.org.uk

Recent Out & Abouts

Reigate Hill – short walk and refreshments

London City street walk

The Man in Red by Dominic Murtagh

Once again, Sarah and Simon acted as our guides for a day out in March. With plenty of refreshment stops, eighteen of us ambled around London Bridge and The City, taking in opportunities for architecture (old and new) and street photography. Members were encouraged to try some film photography and take part in the ‘50mm challenge’.

Don McCullin exhibition at Tate Britain

Untitled by Mike Barker

Ten of us met up in Victoria on a chilly February day before strolling towards Pimlico and the river. This afforded a variety of opportunities for city and street photography. After lunch in the Tate, we spent the afternoon viewing Don McCullin’s inspiring and especially poignant war photographs.

Chilling in Hastings

In January, thirteen hardy souls braved the cold to spend a day taking photos in at Hastings. Guided by Simon and Sarah, we took in a variety of photo opportunities – the beach, the pier, the town, fishing boats and Bottle Alley. Tripods were in evidence and conditions proved perfect for some very atmospheric photography. At appropriate times, we took refuge in cafes for warming respite.

Blowing in the Wind by Gerard Mulryan

Walking Tour in Woldingham

Seventeen of us, TPS members and guests, met up in Woldingham for a Sunday morning circular walk along the valley. This was followed by the all-important refreshment stop at The Dean, Knight’s Garden Centre. The morning afforded excellent opportunities for a range of landscape and countryside photography.

Untitled by Jonathan Cowdock

London Christmas Twilight River Walk

Fourteen intrepid TPS photographers braved the December cold in London and got some great images from our capital city. We took in a variety of views of the Thames and the majestic London skyline as the light gradually faded. And, as ever, there were plenty of opportunities for street photography. London is just a short journey away – why not take a trip into town with your camera and see what you can snap? Or better still, team up with some TPS friends and help us create another great Out & About experience!

Copyright 2018 Dominic Murtagh

Crossness Pumping Station

TPS Members visited (and photographed!) a Victorian masterpiece of engineering. Built by Joseph Bazelgette in the 19th century, it was the pumping station for the first large sewage system in London. It is not a sewage works today, but is a grade 1 listed building with some of the best-preserved Victorian ironwork anywhere.


We held an informal Out and About around our TPS home village of Godstone and members grabbed some great shots:

As always, more photos can be seen on our Out & About Flickr Page.